26 days in Kerala Itinerary

26 days in Kerala Itinerary

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26 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h
1
Kannur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Get some cultural insight at Fort St. Angelos and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Thottada Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kannur: Madayi Kavu (in Pazhayangadi) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Palakkayam Thattu, make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, and admire the sheer force of Ezharakund Waterfalls.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur itinerary site .

New Delhi to Kannur is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ezharakund Waterfalls, Paithalmala Hill Station, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Madayi Kavu
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Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

2
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bekal Beach, deepen your knowledge of military history at Bekal Fort, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kappil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Elephent Fall Charladka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madhur Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthapura Lake Temple.

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You can drive from Kannur to Kasaragod in 2.5 hours. In December in Kasaragod, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bekal
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Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Madhur Temple ©
Madhur Temple
Ananthapura Lake Temple ©
Ananthapura Lake Temple

3
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Thrissillery Shiva Temple and Thirunelli Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Banasura Hill and Kabini River. Go for a jaunt from Kalpetta to Thamarassery to see Thusharagiri Waterfalls about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Kuruvadweep.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kalpetta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kasaragod to Kalpetta takes 5.5 hours. In December in Kalpetta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thrissillery Shiva Temple
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Thirunelli Temple ©
Thirunelli Temple
Banasura Hill ©
Banasura Hill
Thusharagiri Waterfalls ©
Thusharagiri Waterfalls

4
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Sree Mahadeva Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Janardhana Swami Temple and Ponmudi Hill Station. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Town (Spas & Wellness, Asparagus, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, hunt for treasures at Connemara Market, stop by Keralashopee, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kalpetta to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Ponmudi Hill Station
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Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Ponmudi Hill Station ©
Ponmudi Hill Station
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Visiting Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation and Kalvari Mount will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Abraham's Spice Garden and Parunthumpara. Step out of Thekkady with an excursion to Idukki Dam in Idukki--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Spice Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Idukki, Parunthumpara
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Kalvari Mount ©
Kalvari Mount

4
nights
Munnar

Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meesapulimala and C.S.I Christ Church. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Anamudi Peak. Change things up with a short trip to Anayirankal Dam Reservoir in Idukki (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls, take some stellar pictures from Lockheart gap, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Munnar

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Idukki
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Climbing Tours
Meesapulimala ©
Meesapulimala
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

1
night
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Camp Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram.

Plan trip to Guruvayur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Munnar to Guruvayur in 5 hours. In December in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary

5
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Get some historical perspective at Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Edappally Church Complex. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shiva Temple and Vallarpadam Church. Change things up with a short trip to Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple in Alappuzha (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , admire the masterpieces at Gallery OED Cochin., take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) journey maker app .

Getting from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vembanad Lake, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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